Whose praise are you living for? If you are at the center of your universe, now matter how much praise you get you will be empty. We are made to look outside ourselves and worship true greatness. Continuing in our Life in the Kingdom series, we dig in to the second phrase of the Lord’s Prayer: “Hallowed be your name”.
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Life in the Kingdom:
The Lord’s Prayer-Hallowed be Your Name
March 2nd, 2014 by Kasey Crawford
Today’s Passages: Matthew 6:7-13, Acts 17:24-25, 28, John 17:5,24, Daniel 4:29-31-34,37, Psalm 115:1
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus is teaching a simple, yet very deep _______________ for understanding how to approach ______ of life with God in prayer.
“Who is in heaven…”
- This is a contrast, meant to be held in tension with God as Abba Father. God is intimately interested in us, but is also dwells in heaven, set __________ from us.
…God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And…‘In him we live and move and have our being’; Acts 17:24-25, 28
- We are totally __________ on things outside ourself. But God is completely self-___________.
“Hallowed be your name”
- What is hallowed? ______________ & ________________
- There is something deep within us that loves to __________ greatness
- Jesus is saying that there is _______ who is worthy of being honored above all elseAs a framework for prayer, Jesus invites us to live in a way that _____________ honors God above __________.
Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30he said, “Look at this great city of Babylon that I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?…”37Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven.
- Jesus’ invitation is to live for a different __________ than our own, glory, namely, live to see God lifted ________.
- Jesus wants to bring this into our prayer life, which looks like: First, let God take care of you as your Abba, then let your life be about his ___________.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory. Psalm 115:1
Living as a Disciple in the Kingdom…
Use these questions to reflect on what God might be saying
- Re-read Acts 17:24-25,28. Spend some time reflecting on what it means that God is completely self-sufficient and doesn’t need anything from us. Contrast that with how much you are not self-sufficient. This is a big thing, so it may be all you want to do for the day.
- Think about the story of King Nebuchadnezzar again. Can you relate to him in some ways? Are there areas of your life in which you are living for your own purposes and your own glory. Ask God to show those things to you.
- Jesus is inviting you to turn things upside down and live for the glory of the ONE who is worthy. If this is a step on the journey you are ready to take, ask God to be growing your heart with an awe of how great He is and a desire to live every day for His purposes and so that He will be honored through your life. Watch out though, this will change things radically if you mean it!
*answers: framework, all, apart, dependent, sufficient, honored & exalted, behold, One, intentionally, everything, purpose, high, glory
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